Canada was once a leader in addressing climate change. During a Toronto heat wave in 1988, we hosted the first-ever international scientific conference on climate change, “Our Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security”. The consensus statement from the assembled scientists was “Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment, whose ultimate consequences are second only to global nuclear war.”
When the Kyoto agreement was signed, Canada committed to reducing its emissions by 6% below 1990 levels during the period 2008-2012.
Due to government inaction, our emissions during the Kyoto commitment period of 2008-2012 are expected to be about 30% higher than we promised. Meanwhile, other countries, such as Germany, Sweden and England, have achieved double-digit emissions reductions since signing onto the Kyoto Protocol.
We must act to reduce emissions and we must prepare for the “new normal” of a destabilized climate. These are not, as often presented, mutually exclusive goals. We need both and we needed them yesterday.
Elizabeth May says Climate Reports Reinforce the Need for a National Climate Change Strategy – October 28th, 2015
Scientists Predict More Wildfires, Extreme Weather: Where is Ottawa’s Plan? – July 9th, 2015
Why Pope Francis’s statement is important – June 19th, 2015
Elizabeth May Supports Original G7 Plan for Carbon-Free Economy by 2050 – June 8th, 2015
Harper’s new climate targets – same emperor, same clothes – May 26th, 2015
Greens challenge Stephen Harper to show Canadians his plan to reduce carbon emissions – May 15th, 2015
Elizabeth May on Climate Targets (QP) – May 14th, 2015
2015 budget holds few surprises; a litany of lost opportunities – April 30th, 2015
2015: the year that must change everything – April 28th, 2015
Harper, May I? – April 24th, 2015